FWF's Second Ride Till Dusk Event is underway and you're invited to EAT UP!  Join us as we ride around downtown El Paso while sampling courses from a delectable 7-course meal prepared by participating restaurants in the area.  1 course will be offered at each restaurant with riders cycling from one restaurant to the next.  Additional discounts on menu items will also be offered all night long for those who want to return to their favorite sample spot! Non-Riders are also invited to join us for a walking version of the same 7-course meal. 
More info HERE!

Event has been postponed: Details Coming Soon!
Frontera Women's Foundation presents: Fall Wine Tasting to benefit the Clarke & Bartlett Dental Fund.  Join us for delicious hors d'oeuvres and delectable wine while helping raise funds to provide dental services to the underserved residents of El Paso.       
Hundreds of students, faculty, and community members shared stories of struggle and solidarity at the second annual UTEP Women’s History Month Conference, March 26-28. The conference included a wide variety of academic and practitioner presentations, including two panels on women’s health and reproductive rights, which culminated in the formation of the “El Paso Women’s Health Interest and Advocacy Group.”

Attendees delighted in the inspiring plenary session with Martha Cotera, Ruth Mojica Hammer, and Linda Garcia Merchant. Linda featured highlights from her film “Las Mujeres de la Caucus Chicana”, in which Ruth, Martha and others narrate their groundbreaking political activism and participation in the 1960s-1990s. Ruth was the first female Congressional candidate in Illinois; Martha a leader in the Raza Unida party for decades. Linda also described the innovative “Chicana por Mi Raza” digital humanities project, an online archive and video initiative documenting the development of Chicana Feminist thought and activism over the long civil rights era. All three presenters spoke about the importance of women raising our voices in support and defense of our communities, evoking shouts of solidarity and reflective questions from the audience. 

Another plenary session featured the editor of Grace & Gumption: The Women of El Paso (TCU Press, 2011), Marcia Hatfield Daudistel, who shared stories of the doctors, journalists, curanderas, educators, researchers, political leaders, religious sisters (some of the early feminists in our community), even bullfighters who have shaped the Paso del Norte community. These influential and oftentimes “ordinary” women are hiding in plain sight. Significant to the entire border region, Marcia emphasized awareness and celebration of the border people throughout the centuries, highlighting the legacy of settlers from the south. Grace and Gumption invites us to recognize women’s contributions and draw inspiration to continue their work. The book is available at Barnes and Noble and online booksellers. 
FWF salutes the philanthropy and advocacy of Grace and Gumption.The project is donating 100% of the royalties to the UTEP Women’s Studies Department to lay a foundation for the first-ever departmental endowment. UTEP Women’s Studies is a long-time supporter of and partner with FWF. We commend their work! 
FWF also congratulates the work of the “Friends of Women’s Studies” donor advised fund, whose fundraiser at the conference earned more than $500 in donations – all of which goes directly to next year’s stipend for paid student internships serving local non-profit organizations.
FWF proudly presented the 2012 NATIONAL GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY at UTEP. Ann Meyers Drysdale, legendary basketball player and sportscaster, addressed the 2012 Flo Hyman winners and their guests. The Flo Hyman award is presented annually to three El Paso female athletes who exemplify dignity, spirit, and commitment to excellence. 

Following dinner, FWF Board Members, staff, and volunteers joined the crowd of more than 6500 to cheer UTEP’s Women’s Basketball team to an electrifying victory during which the Miners clinched the C-USA conference championship! Jubilant Miner ballplayers then joined other female athletes in signing hundreds of autographs for the girls in the crowd. Center Anete Steinberga exclaimed "That was amazing! I never thought we'd get that many people at a game." FWF Director of Development, Pat Graham-Casey, observed “I’ve never seen so many fathers and daughters together at a game!”

 It was the perfect venue to showcase the FWF Title IX Champions Public Service Announcements and to distribute TITLE IX bracelets and information cards: the fifth largest crowd in UTEP women’s hoops history observed undreds of parents, youth athletes, and children sporting the bracelets by the end of the game. The entire evening helped celebrate  both the opportunities  created by the landmark law that requires gender equity for boys and girls in every federally-funded educational program and the many areas in which our border communities need to progress. FWF continues to advocate for gender equity – in fact, Miners Coach Keitha Adams presented Pat with an autographed ball at halftime, thanking the Foundation for its unwavering support for and defense of gender equity. We need your help to strengthen and sustain these programs for our sisters, daughters, nieces, cousins, neighbors and friends!  
The University of Texas at El Paso Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department are proud to be celebrating its 13th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day. This national celebration began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women in sports. National Girls and Women in Sports Day has blossomed into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize the current and future sports achievements, the positive influences of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports. Throughout the week, UTEP Athletics will have various activities honoring girls and women in sports.

Community Outreach
Speaker Request Form 
Local leaders, including UTEP Athletic staff/coaches and women from the community, will speak to area schools on the importance of athletics, academics, and leadership in girls' lives. If your school is interested in having a guest speaker, please complete the Guest Speaker Request Form vy Feb. 13, 2012. If you are interested in being a speaker, please complete the on-line Guest Speaker Form.

Local Flo Hyman Award 
The El Paso Girls and Women in Sports Day Committee will be honoring three deserving young ladies with a local Flo Hyman Award for their contributions in academics, athletics and leadership within the El Paso community. As part of the National Girls and Women in Sports celebration, the Flo Hyman Award was created to honor a top female athlete for her accomplishments both on and off the field of competition.

One Flo Hyman Award winner will be selected from each of the following age groups: elementary school, middle school and high school. Each Flo Hyman Award winner will be recognized during a banquet held the on Thursday, February 23rd at 5:30pm in the Jonathan W. Rogers Hall of Champions located on the second floor of the Larry K. Durham Sports Center at the Sun Bowl on UTEP's campus. The keynote address will be given by Ann Meyers Drysdale. The award winners will also be VIP guests at the UTEP vs. SMU Women's Basketball game on Thursday, February 23rd at 7:00pm. Please take the time to nominate a deserving girl from your school for the 2012 El Paso Flo Hyman Award. The deadline to nominate an individual is Monday February 6th. Nomination applications can be completed on-line here.

UTEP Women's Basketball vs. SMU
UTEP Athletics invites your school, club, or organization to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day with a FREE ticket to the UTEP vs. SMU Women's Basketball game. So mark your calendars for Thursday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Don Haskins Center for this game.Autograph Signing
An exclusive autograph session with all UTEP Women's Athletic Teams will take place immediately after the women's basketball vs. SMU game. 

UTEP Softball vs. New Mexico State
UTEP Athletics invites your school, club, or organization to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day with a FREE ticket to the UTEP vs. NMSU softball game. So mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 21st at 5:00 p.m. at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex, located on the UTEP campus, for this game.

(Excerpts from Elisa Holguin's story on the Reynolds House - FWF partnership.)                   Click for FULL STORY

"The Reynolds house shelters families –mostly women and their children– who have fled from domestic violence in Juarez and who need some help getting back on their feet. This low-key shelter opened its doors 20 years ago when Director Dorothy Truax’s mother inherited her parent’s house ....

Throughout the last year-and-a-half the Reynolds house has housed an increase in families fleeing economic problems and the violence in Juarez.  The majority of the residents, however, are there because of domestic violence. Even though the numbers have gone up, 90 percent of the women who come to the shelter for help graduate to their own apartments and their own incomes.  The expectations that are encouraged by Truax, her brother, and all the volunteers are largely responsible for this high rate of success. ...

Reynolds also received a donation in December from the Frontera Women’s Foundation, which has given grants to non-profit organizations here since 2003. This needed donation will go to pay bills and maintain the upkeep of the shelter, Truax said. “Frontera Women’s Foundation is willing to help us with just the basics, which we badly need. We really couldn’t do it without Frontera Women’s Foundation.”                                                READ FULL STORY
Three gifted El Paso women – a poet and two well-known painters – have created a gem of a book entitled “Yes, We Are Still Dancing,” and donated it to our community. Poet Jacquelyn Stroud Spier and artists Susan Amstater and Connie Dillman have produced a book of poems and paintings celebrating their lives as young women, wives, mothers and grandmothers in the El Paso Rio Grande Borderland.

These talented artists have dedicated the book to “our precious grandchildren who inspire us and keep us dancing.”

In an extraordinary show of generosity the three gifted their book and all of the original art illustrating it to the Frontera Women’s Foundation. ...

In keeping with the book’s celebration of life on the border, the poems are in both English and Spanish. The Frontera Women’s Foundation commissioned Blanca Brashear, Ph.D., retired professor of Spanish Literature to translate the poems into Spanish. Brashear worked closely with Spier, ensuring a beautiful and accurate translation that is as moving as the original poem in English. ... READ FULL ARTICLE IN "El Paso Southwest Senior"